American Football Database
Ike Thomas
Date of birth: (1947-11-04) November 4, 1947 (age 74)
Place of birth: Calcasieu Parish, LA
Career information
Position(s): Cornerback
College: Bishop College
NFL Draft: 1971 / Round: 2 / Pick: 51
 As player:
Dallas Cowboys
Green Bay Packers
Buffalo Bills
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Isaac Thomas (born November 4, 1947 in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana) is a former American football cornerback in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers, and the Buffalo Bills. He played college football at Bishop College and was drafted in the second round of the 1971 NFL Draft.

Early years

Thomas attended Langston High School in Hot Springs, Arkansas. He would go on to play college football at Bishop College and also participated in the 1971 College All-Star Game against the Baltimore Colts.

Professional career

Dallas Cowboys

Thomas, was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the 2nd round of the 1971 NFL Draft. He had 2 kickoff returns for touchdowns his rookie season with the Cowboys.

One of those returns was a then franchise record 101 yard score against the NY Jets, which still remains the record for a Cowboys rookie, but is tied with Bryan McCann and Amos Marsh for the second-longest play in Cowboys history, behind Alexander Wright's 102-yard kickoff return against the Atlanta Falcons in 1991.

He played only 1 season with the Cowboys averaging 42.1 yards per kickoff return, before being traded in September 1972 to the Green Bay Packers along with punter Ron Widby for a 1973 second round draft choice. The Cowboys used the draft choice to select Golden Richards.

Green Bay Packers

Thomas continued to return kickoffs while in Green Bay and had over 1,000 return yards in 2 seasons with the Packers. He missed the 1974 season due to injury but returned in 1975 with the Buffalo Bills.

Buffalo Bills

Thomas had his only 2 interceptions in the NFL in 1975 with the Bills, before being released at the end of the season. During his NFL career he played 37 games in 4 years, with 1,394 kickoff return yards, 2 interceptions and 2 touchdowns.

Toronto Argonauts

In 1977 he signed with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League and played there for one season before being released.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats

In 1978 he signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League, playing most of the season before being put on the injured reserve list with a broken hand.